How to Mount a NTFS Drive on CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux

How to Mount a NTFS Drive on CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux

This tutorial will show you how to mount an NTFS drive ina read/write mode on CentOS and other RHEL based Linux operating systems with ntfs-3g driver. NTFS-3G is a stable Open Source NTFS driver that supports reading and writing to NTFS drives on Linux and other operating systems.if(typeof __ez_fad_position != ‘undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-howtoforge_com-box-3-0’)};

The ntfs-3g driver is available in the EPEL repository. The first step is to install and activate EPEL on your Linux system.if(typeof __ez_fad_position != ‘undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-howtoforge_com-medrectangle-3-0’)};

Enable the EPEL repository

Run the following command as root user on the shell to enable the EPEL repository.

yum install epel-release

EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a set of additional high quality packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL).

Install ntfs-3g driver

Then we have to install the ntfs-3g package with yum.

yum install ntfs-3g

Once installed, we create a directory where the NTFS drive shall be mounted:

mkdir /mnt/win

Now we can mount the NTFS partition by running this command:

mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/win

In this example, my NTFS partition is the device /dev/sdb1. You have to replace that with the device name of your NTFS partition.

The mount point will exist until reboot or until you unmount it with:

umount /mnt/win

To mount the NTFS partition permanently, add the following line to the /etc/fstab file.if(typeof __ez_fad_position != ‘undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-howtoforge_com-medrectangle-4-0’)};

Open /etc/fstab with an editor:

nano /etc/fstab

And add the line:

/dev/sdb1 /mnt/win ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

Again, replace /dev/sdb1 with the device name that matches your setup. Now your Linux system will mount the NTFS drive automatically at boot time.

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